My name is Mattie Strombach, and I live in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am 14 years old and currently attend Punahou Middle School. As you probably know, the pandemic has caused so much pain and loss for young people across our state, and honestly- the whole world. In addition to losing things like friends, school, & sports, I feel like the isolation and loneliness makes it extra hard for kids to cope with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
My dream was to become a Doctor and help kids with their mental health. I told my mom that I wanted to open a teen cafe where kids could come and drink boba, hang out, and go to group therapy. This way, we could all learn to cope together. My mom said it was a great idea, and that I didn't have to become a doctor to make this dream come true! Hope you enjoy this safe space as much as we enjoyed creating it.